An Uber self-driving car was involved in a fatal accident earlier this year in Arizona. The company grounded its entire fleet following the accident as it conducted an investigation and also cooperated with the police investigation. It was never going to completely stop testing self-driving cars and has recently indicated that it may restart tests, albeit on a limited scale. It has now been granted approval to do that in Pennsylvania.


The Information reports that Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation has approved Uber’s request to start testing self-driving cars in the state. Uber has confirmed that approval has been granted but pointed out that it has no information to share right now about when the cars would hit the roads again.

So while it has received the necessary approval required to test self-driving cars on public roads in the state, Uber isn’t rushing to send the vehicles out just yet. It may take a few weeks or even a couple of months before Uber begins limited tests of its self-driving cars.

The company has already committed to adopting more security precautions for its autonomous vehicles going forward. This includes the presence of two human observers in the car, improved training, closer monitoring of safety drivers, and limits on their working hours.

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